• Felicia Newell, RD, MSc

5 Ways to Maintain A Healthy Gut Microbiome


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The importance of the microbiome in our gut (in general terms - the amount of 'healthy' gut bacteria we have) has been coming more and more into focus over the last decade.

The scientific consensus is evolving to show the importance of having a healthy gut microbiome a cornerstone in a healthy life. Recent research has demonstrated that the microbiome in the gut plays a pivotal role in both preventing disease, as well as promoting overall wellness - including weight loss, digestion, mental health, and more.

In this article we'll touch on a few ways to help you maintain healthy stomach flora with proper nutrition.

1. Prebiotic Fiber: The Foundation

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Building a strong house starts with a good foundation. In the case of a healthy gut, the foundation is your prebiotic nutrients. Which is just a fancy way of saying food for the good bacteria in your gut. Stomach flora feeds on what's known as insoluble fiber, meaning fiber that we can't absorb for ourselves. Weird right? We have to eat things that we can't digest to feed little organisms that live inside of us. Insoluble fiber can be found in all sorts of vegetables, but some of the best sources include the following:

  • Chicory Root

  • Jerusalem Artichoke

  • Dandelion Greens

  • Raw Garlic

  • Prebiotic Supplement Powder

With prebiotic fiber, it's about the habit. The microorganisms in your gut will be at their best with a steady stream of nutrients to feed on. By studying fossilized human excrement, researchers have found that our ancestors consumed about 135 grams of insoluble fiber per day. Today we consume about 3.5 grams per day... a very big differenc